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Sunshine Woman
Published by Superhype Music
Registration ASCAP
Recorded 19 March 1969, at Maida Vale Studio 4, Delaware Road, London, England.
Mixed at Maida Vale Studio 4, London.
Genre Blues rock, rock
Language English
Length 3 minutes 10 seconds
Composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Jeff Griffin
Engineer Joe Young

'Sunshine Woman' is a 1969 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The track was composed by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham, and recorded at Maida Vale Studio 4, Delaware Road, London in March 1969. A driving blues rock song, it officially remains unreleased, and has only appeared on bootleg recordings.

Overview

'Sunshine Woman' was recorded live in the BBC studios at Maida Vale on 19 March 1969, and first aired on Alexis Korner's Rhythm and Blues programme on the BBC World Service, 14 April 1969.[1] It features a rollicking barrel-house piano performance by keyboardist John Paul Jones, with strong harmonica playing by singer Robert Plant. The lyrics are peppered with standard blues metaphors, some of which later appeared on 'Hats Off to (Roy) Harper' from Led Zeppelin III, and 'The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair' from BBC Sessions. The tone achieved by guitarist Jimmy Page is similar to the one on 'Travelling Riverside Blues', recorded for BBC Radio the same year. The Alexis Korner session was later wiped from the BBC archives during the 1970s and the track as a result was not included on the official album release, BBC Sessions.[2] The song may have been demoed for Led Zeppelin II, during the band's hectic touring and recording schedule throughout 1969, but no information has surfaced to confirm it's existence. A poor quality cassette copy of the BBC Radio broadcast exists and has been the source of the song for countless bootleg albums, notably Ottawa Sunshine.[3]

Live performances

'Sunshine Woman' was only performed live for BBC Radio.

Credits

Personnel
  • Musicians:
    • Robert Plant - vocals, harmonica
    • Jimmy Page – electric guitar
    • John Paul Jones – bass guitar, piano
    • John Bonham - drums, percussion
  • Production:
    • Peter Grant – executive producer
    • Jeff Griffin - producer
    • Joe Young - engineer, mixing

References

  1. Reddon, Frank (2008). Sonic Boom: The Impact of Led Zeppelin, Volume 1: Break & Enter. Fort Erie: Enzepplopedia Publishing, 360. ISBN 0-9784446-0-0. OCLC 474246706. 
  2. Lewis, Dave; Simon Pallett (2005). Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, Revised. London: Omnibus Press, 46. ISBN 978-1-84449-659-4. OCLC 64083054. 
  3. Lewis, Dave (2012). Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press, 133. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1. OCLC 782996334.